There’s nothing that says old world glamour like a decadent high tea; nibbling on cucumber sandwiches, pretty pink pastries and fluffy jam scones—it’s heavenly. If you’re looking to up the class level in your every day or tap into your inner princess a la Meghan Markle, here’s our list of Brisbane’s high teas that really make the grade.
Darling & Co.
Ladies about town know that high tea isn’t just about English breakfast and a couple of jam-drenched scones anymore, heck no! One such Brisbane high tea has upped the ante serving G&Ts with their finger fancies. At Darling & Co, gin lovers can sample speciality matched Tanqueray cocktails, all the better to wash down the traditional high tea snackings. It’s a modern masterpiece.
Room With Roses
Room With Roses, upstairs in the elegant Brisbane Arcade, is a Brisbane high tea heaven for traditionalists. Famed for their scones with jam and cream, not to mention their passionfruit sponge, it’s a beautiful spot to really relax and savour your surroundings.
Indulge in the wondrous creations of the pastry chef while sipping from a range of specialty teas and enjoying the view of the lush courtyard at Spicers Balfour in New Farm. On the menu, you'll find chocolate dipped seasonal fruit, Lindt choc chip cookies and smoked salmon brioche. Gather the girls already!
Stamford Plaza loves high tea so much they offer them in the morning and afternoon! With panoramic views of the Brisbane River there are plenty of high tea options to choose from, but we obsess over the Chocolate High Tea buffet featuring shaved, melted, solid and infused chocolate throughout the entire menu!
The Champagne High Tea Party at Customs House is fit for a queen. Complete with the most fantastic views of the Story Bridge, this heritage-listed icon knows how to do ribbon sandwiches, handcrafted petit fours and vintage Champagne with aplomb.
Does a high tea of freshly baked scones, raspberry white chocolate mousse, passionfruit tartlets and pistachio macarons sound completely delightful? Absolutely! But Bacchus in South Brisbane takes the elegance that one step higher serving high tea on the finest William Edwards bone china from England. Fancy.
The Lab At Treasury Brisbane
Embrace your inner English aristocrat with an elegant Brisbane high tea experience, featuring bottomless La Maison Du Thé French tea (the Holy Grail for tea lovers) in the luxurious surrounds of Treasury Hotel's The Lab. Mouth-watering macarons, sumptuous sandwiches and decadent desserts all feature in this luxe high tea offering—so there’s no absolutely no chance of leaving hungry! With two sittings of high tea each weekend it’s a perfect spot for those special celebrations.
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